As regular readers of Liberty & Law may recall, when we celebrated IJ’s 25th Anniversary in September 2016, we launched a major new campaign to secure IJ’s future. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of supporters like you, IJ hit not just one but two major milestones in this ambitious campaign in record time.
We set out to raise $50 million in planned gift pledges to ensure that IJ has the kind of resources we need to continue defending liberty for the next 25 years and beyond. The catalyst for this campaign was a generous $2 million challenge grant from longtime IJ supporters Bernard and Lisa Selz.
The response to the Bernard and Lisa Selz Legacy Challenge was overwhelming, and by January 2017—just four months after its launch—we hit $50 million in pledges. So we redoubled our efforts and doubled our goal to $100 million to allow even more of our supporters to participate in this campaign. We now know of $67 million in bequest provisions made for IJ.
The response to the Bernard and Lisa Selz Legacy Challenge was overwhelming, and by January 2017—just four months after its launch—we hit $50 million in pledges.
Meanwhile, Bernard and Lisa accelerated the impact of these pledges of future support by providing matching funds to IJ now. We met another goal at the end of 2017 when we earned the full $2 million in matching funds they originally committed to the campaign.
Bernard and Lisa were so pleased with the enthusiasm of our donors and they are so committed to the crucial importance of this kind of support to IJ’s future that they renewed their challenge. In December 2017, they pledged an additional $700,000 in matching funds.
There are 11 months remaining in the Selz Legacy Challenge. And now, thanks to the wonderful generosity of Bernard and Lisa Selz, there is $700,000 in new matching funds available to make each bequest pledge go even further.
As we enter the campaign’s final year, we ask you to join us. Please consider a gift through your will or other estate plans and ensure IJ’s ability to protect vital constitutional rights now and for future generations.